NORFOLK, Va. - Former Quinnipiac baseball standout Pat Egan '06 was promoted within the Baltimore Orioles organization, moving up from the Double-A Eastern League's Bowie (Md.) Bay Sox to the Triple-A International League's Norfolk (Va.) Tide. Egan made his Triple-A debut on Monday, June 28 against the Louisville Bats
Egan gave up two runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings in a 7-2 loss by Norfolk. Egan was promoted after posting a 6-1 record with a 2.12 earned run average in 22 games out of the bullpen for the Baysox. Egan ranked among the Double-A leaders in wins (6), saves (5) and appearances (22). He also held the opposition to a .177 batting average, giving up 29 hits in 46 2/3 innings pitched and walking just six batters.
Egan signed a minor league contract with Baltimore in 2007, just prior to that year's Major League Baseball Draft. Egan was drafted twice by Baltimore before signing with them after he exhausted his eligibility with the Bobcats. He was originally drafted in the 35th round of the 2005 draft before being taken again in the 36th round in the 2006 draft.
Egan enjoyed a successful career at Quinnipiac in which the 6-7 right-handed pitcher won 20 games in his career, a Bobcats' Division I record at the time which was broken last season by Andy Mayer. In 2004, Egan was named to the Northeast Conference First Team and was also tabbed as the NEC's Pitcher of the Year.
In the four seasons since Egan signed with the Orioles, he has progressed through the minor league ranks, beginning with the Bluefield (WV) Orioles of the rookie-level Appalachian League where he started in 11 of the 13 games he appeared in, allowing one earned run or less in four starts including eight innings of scoreless ball against Bristol on July 20, holding them to just one hit. In 2008, he was elevated to the Class-A Aberdeen (Md.) IronBirds of the New York Penn League. While with the IronBirds, Egan finished third in the league with 77.2 innings pitched and won four consecutive starts from August 9 through August 27.
In 2007, Egan pitched for the Class A Delmarva (Md.) Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League. While with Delmarva, Egan appeared in 11 games, striking out 22 batters over 24 innings while allowing four runs on 12 hits. He also recorded two saves for the Shorebirds.